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In Conversation 2: Maker Spaces, the role of the analogue in the digital

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Join us for the 2nd Adobe Creative Campus In Conversation focusing on Maker Spaces and the role of the analogue space in the digital world.

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Please join us for the second in our In Conversation series as an Adobe Creative Campus at Swinburne University.

This session will focus on Maker-spaces within a university context and the role that analogue plays in the digital world.

The session will include presentations c from an international thought leaders Holly K. Johnson, Thomas James Ferrill and Anthony Lee Sams from the University of Utah and Simone Taffe from Swinburne University.

Following the presentations will be an open discussion to share ideas, perspectives and be part of a global conversation.

This is open to all Swinburne staff so please let your colleagues know.

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Holly K. Johnson currently lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. An apparel and textile product designer for 17 years, worked for Eddie Bauer, Lands’ End and Target headquarters, returned to Utah for a Master of Fine Art at Utah State University in 2006. Her career currently focuses on Higher Education Learning and creating artwork that explores global & local issues regarding consumption. She divides her time between teaching graphic design as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Utah, and as a Higher Education Instructional Consultant at the Center for Teaching and Learning Excellence. She also serves on the AIGA Board, The Professional Association of Design, as the Education Co-Director.

Thomas James Ferrill, who goes by T.J., is the assistant head of Creative Spaces at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library. He works with a team of innovative library professionals to provide access to and expertise with technologies ranging from 3D scanning, 3D printing, virtual reality, electronics prototyping platforms, GIS, A/V recording studios, and more. Originally from Kentucky and a graduate of the University of Utah (BA Philosophy '08, MA Public Administration '14), T.J. likes to take on difficult problems and sees the Library as a conduit for the exchange of information and technology resources between the University and its many stakeholders.

Simone Taffe is Professor in Communication Design at Swinburne University of Technology. Simone has a Diploma of Graphic Design from Swinburne 1988, a Master of Arts (Design) from RMIT 2000 and a PhD from Swinburne 2012. Simone lectures in the areas of branding and identity and co-design. Simone worked as a graphic designer and design manager for over fifteen years, including managing the City of Melbourne’s design department, overseeing the council’s branding program and managing branding projects for the leading Melbourne design consultancy Flett Henderson Arnold (now Futurebrand), being involved in design work for the Sydney Olympic branding program, BHP Biliton, and the ANZ bank.

For ten years, Professor Taffe has tailored problem-based learning to suit design students, across all levels and capabilities. Professor Taffe was instrumental in establishing the Swinburne Design Factory, providing an international authentic learning platform for multi-disciplined student teams. Her students work with genuine clients and real-world design scenarios, including branding, websites, games and service designs, so that they are equipped to excel in the workplace.

Professor Taffe leads a postgraduate Hit Submit writing program, significantly raising publication rates. Her sustained commitment to problem-based learning in design education has led to university-wide outstanding teacher recognition, a 2013 Vice-Chancellor's Teaching Excellence Award (Higher Education), a 2014 Office for Learning and Teaching (OLT) Citation and a 2017 Australian Award for Teaching Excellence (AAUT). Simone's research is in co-design and end-user participation in the design process.

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